Four of us stayed for 5 nights. Do shop around for prices as the website we booked from was substantially cheaper than others. Hence we had a great deal. You could also book direct as the owner is very responsive to emails.
We arrived on the last flight and booked the Flybus online prior to leaving the UK. It is the preferred transport from the airport, unless you wish to hire a car. The Flybus will take you directly to the apartments. For the return journey, you will need to inform Flybus of the time to pick you up, the day before you leave.
Prior to you arriving, you will get an email from Halldor, the owner, informing you the access code to the building. The keys will be at the small reception area waiting. There is plenty of information there, maps of the city, info on tours etc and a free phone (local calls) where you would ring for assistance, to book local tours or the Flybus for the return journey.
There is also a local area map on the reception wall and you will find the locations of 3 of the nearest supermarkets, all about 3-5 minutes’ walk. We went for our main groceries at Noatun which had everything we needed. If you wish to consume alcohol, buy them at the airport as it is much cheaper.
We booked all our tours online before we left the UK, through Travel Republic. They organised it with the local company Reykjavik Excursions. All the paperwork was sent via email which we printed before we left the UK. The other local company is Gray Line. You can book the tours online directly with the companies but we paid Travel Republic GBP so did not have to worry about and exchange rate.
If you prefer you can book the tours using the phone at the apartments’ reception area which is free. We just felt it was easier to organise everything beforehand. There are also some smaller specialist tour companies in the centre of Reykjavik. The tour company we used was very efficient and punctual with pick up and drop off at the apartments for every tour, usually 30 minutes before the start of any tour.
The location of the apartments was convenient about 10-15 minutes’ walk into the centre of Reykjavik. The surroundings are a little drab around the apartments, more vibrant in the centre and the harbour areas where there are some nice restaurants and bars but quite a few restaurants close at 21:00.
We booked a 2 rooms apartment for 4 but when we arrived we were allocated 2 x 2 bed apartments. As we arrived past midnight and did not see anyone, we were only told afterwards, the next day that there was a problem with a leak in the 2 rooms apartment originally reserved for us. We were happy to continue to stay in the apartments allocated but it was not ideal, a little inconvenient as we had expected to share toiletries and it also made it a little awkward with trying to cook using utensils stocked for 2. Our rooms were on street level but we didn’t hear much noise from outside traffic although the room walls are quite thin.
You could compare the standard of the apartments to Premier Inns/Travel Lodges/motels in the UK with a kitchenette and dining area but without sofas or a sitting area. The apartments were basically clean (perhaps needing a little sweep under the beds) and warm with easy to control radiators. The beds were comfortable. Towels were changed every couple of days. The kitchenette was all electric with 2 rings for cooking and unfortunately only one plug point which you would have to swap your kettle, toaster and microwave with. A chopping board was missing in one of the apartments, the cooker extractor didn’t work but most things were there and unexpectedly equipped with washing up liquid, sponge, tea towel and rubbish bags which were a bonus! One room had curtains but another had blinds which unfortunately didn’t work very well. We had ‘Eagle’ come over to take a look at it and had a makeshift solution.
The Wi-Fi was OK, a little sketchy depending on where you were in the apartment. The Wi-Fi access code was on a clip on the window ledge inside the apartment. The TV had English channels but initially the sound on some channels was not working but once reset by ‘Eagle’, it was fine. No bath, only shower and hand held but the water pressure was OK. There is a hairdryer available as well as an iron and ironing board. There are also free laundry facilities in a common area.
The minimal of staff, very efficient running – use reception phone or email to correspond. Despite some minor niggles, it was excellent value for money. Both ‘Eagle’ and Halldor the owner were very relaxed guys, helpful and we thank them for an enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Einholt Apartments. Einholt is a modern apartment hotel located in Reykjavik city center. Einholt Apartments is the perfect choice for the independent traveller wishing for the comfort of a hotel and the privacy of a home. Einholt is a modern designed apartment hotel offering 23 practical and comfortable fully equipped self-catering apartments from studio to three bedroom apartments. All apartments include a fully equipped kitchen and a shower bathroom. Interior is newly renovated from top to bottom. Towels and linen is provided. Non-smoking apartments only. Flat screen TV. Free high-speed wireless internet connection in all apartments. Free telephone and computer in the lobby. Plenty free parking spaces in front of hotel. Ideal for long or short stays. Einholt Apartments have 14 double studio apartments, 3 family studio apartments 4 one bedroom apartments, 4 two bedroom apartments, all with twin / double bed and 1 three bedroom apartment. In order to offer low prices lobby staff is almost none existent but any necessary information is conveniently located in the lobby. We use modern technology to check guests in and you can use the free telephone in the lobby to contact us at anytime. Free wireless internet in all rooms. Plenty of free parking spaces. We will send you email with very simply check in instructions after booking along with other useful information. Location/located near: Einholt is located in a quiet area just a few steps away from the busy shopping street Laugavegur. A 10-minute stroll down Laugavegur takes you to the lively part of down town with stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. The street then takes you to the heart of Reykjavik. Hlemmur, the bus main terminal is also within 50 meters away, where you can catch a bus to anywhere within Reykjavik.Also within walking distance you will find Laugardalur, Reykjavik's biggest activity park offering a large swimming pool and hot tubs, Iceland's largest fitness center and spa (World Class), the Botanical Garden of Reykjavik, the Family Park, the Domestic Animal Zoo and the indoor ice-skating ring. ... more less
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